Fowlers quest for US Open bid


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rickie Fowler, fresh off his runner-up showing at the Memorial, was sluggish midway through the opening round of the 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier early Monday at Brookside Golf and Country Club.

Fowler, dressed in white shorts and what appeared to be the same burnt orange shirt and hat he wore on Sunday at Muirfield Village, was even par through nine holes on a cool and breezy morning.

Donnie Darr, one of Fowler's assistant coaches at Oklahoma State and now the golf coach at Ohio State, is caddying for Fowler this week and predicted Sunday's near miss would be a good learning experience for the Tour rookie.

'His mind was good all day,' Darr said on Sunday at Muirfield Village. 'Even after (hitting his tee shot into the water on No. 12) he said, 'Let's go run them down.''